QUEZON CITY, July 19 (PIA) — Persons with disabilities (PWD) will gather in Odiongan, Romblon starting Wednesday for the two-day regional observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
Highlighting the observance is the Abilympics organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development –Mimaropa and member agencies of the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA).
Abilympics, coined from the word “Olympics of Abilities,” started in Japan in 1972.
Japan also hosted the first International Abilympics (IA) in 1982 in observance of the United Nations International Year of the Disabled Persons.
Now it is being held every four years, the last IA was held in Bordeux, France in 2016.
The goal of Abilympics is to showcase the vocational skills of PWD in order to promote their participation in socio-economic activities.
The possible categories are floral arrangements, painting and cake decoration.
Regional winners who will dominate the national competitions will represent the country in IA: TESDA will train the winners in preparation for the contest.
Mimaropa was represented in a local Abilympics held in Fairview in 2014 with photography and waste-reused (recycling) included among the categories.
Apart from the Abilympics, there will be fun run, walk for inclusive development, singing and dance contests dubbed as PWDs Got Talent.
Two orientations are scheduled in the morning: one will deal with the latest PWD laws and another on the different forms of disabilities.
DSWD-Mimaropa Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, during the 2nd Quarter RCDA Meeting, said the council must develop a road map for the next six years that will determine the skills needed by PWDs.
During her tenure in Calabarzon, Director Naviamos recalled Batangas for having a skills training center that offers regular Information Technology courses for PWDs. (LP)